Cadet Jacob Priester of Maumelle was among the members of the 125th Corps of Cadets of Missouri Military Academy who received high school diplomas on May 24, 2014. Priester was the salutatorian for the Class of 2014.

Priester was a cadet leader, serving as the Battalion Sergeant Major. Priester earned the rank of Command Sergeant Major as a member of the Academy’s JROTC program. He plans to attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis after receiving appointments there, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

He will report to Annapolis in July.

Priester received several awards, including the Joe D. Bailey Award for Most Dedicated Varsity Athlete, the Meritas Plaque for Excellence in Discipline and the Plaque for Outstanding MMA Athlete, which is given to the cadet who has achieved outstanding results as an athlete at MMA. Priester competed in football, soccer, track and wrestling.

Priester attended Oak Grove as a freshman then Maumelle High School as a sophomore before going to Missouri. He played football and was a starting offensive lineman for the Hornets. He was also involved in the Maumelle Youth Council.

In April Priester was honored by the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States as the recipient of the Purple Heart Award, which also included a scholarship.

Priester was also a member of the National Honor Society and Delta Phi, MMA’s academic honor society. He was among 47 graduating seniors who all gained acceptance to college and earned a total of nearly $5 million in college scholarships. Priester’s appointments represented approximately $2 million of the total.

He is the son of Doug Priester of Maumelle and Joyce Priester-Smith of Roland.